by Rhiannon Cloud October 05, 2021
Have you ever stumbled upon a small online business and found yourself pondering: “Where exactly are these products made? I wonder what their workspace looks like? In what kind of conditions are their products stored until shipping?” Or maybe even, “Are these claims of being a small, one-person-in-home-operation even true at all?!”
Whether these sorts of questions are evoked purely by curiosity and fascination, or maybe rather out of an abundance of caution surrounding cleanliness or legitimacy concerns — These sort of things are only natural to question before handing over your hard-earned money to an online shop you’ve never heard of before.
If you were to descend into my basement dungeon, the first thing you’d see is what I very creatively call the…uh…main area. Yep, that’s the best I’ve got.
Here‘s where the majority of tie dyeing happens, amongst all of the varying sizes of plastic storage bins with the wire shelving / cabinet organizer contraptions inside of or on top of them.
Then, I have all of my splat rack space freed up to move right on along to the next order without worry of having to wait due to lack of available workspace!
Another one of many things I’ve implemented over the years, in an attempt to streamline the process of crankin’ out custom commissions, are these half dozen drawers on a 3-tier shelving unit.
Wait, what was that non-chalant mention of a bar? Damn right I meant literal BAR! Smack dab in the center of the studio is the tie dye bar of my dreams...brought to life! And the best part of all: it’s PINK!
RANDOM FACT: This baby-pink bar-top is a 1950 original, but in damn near like-new condition; thanks to the mountain of clutter and thick layer of dust that inadvertently served to protect and preserve the surface over the course of recent decades (I wish I was kidding). That is, until one late summer night I set out on a mission and pulled a coup d'etat on the clutter…and TA-DA! (see before and after pics below)
So, would it really be a 'real' tie dye bar if it didn’t have an ice machine for ice dyeing anytime at the drop of a dime?!
My handy dandy ice maker resides on top of the bar, next to my beloved Good Molecules mini fridge!
If you'd like to see my entire dye collection, complete with true-to-color swatches of over 120 dye shades, discontinued colors and experiments comparing shades, then head over to my brand new page which has all of my fiber reactive dye related content in one place! (It'll be updated to include even more content as it's published, too!)
Last but not least is where multiple steps of the tie dyeing process take place: the laundry room!
Ready to rinse designs are brought back over to the tub sink and thoroughly rinsed before being double-washed with a combination of Synthrapol (a professional textile detergent that removes excess dye particles) and Gain detergent.
Welcome to a little place I like to call: TIE DYE STUDIO LITE 2.0! So, earlier in this post when I said that my basement is where "all" of the tie dye is handmade...well, that's not quite the whole truth.
Reality is, I spend my time split between two households - so here at my boyfriend's house I have a second, super mini yet fully functional tie dye set-up!
Down to having a double of every single dye color in my collection! Some are stored amongst the empty Dharma dye jars I've accumulated over time, but once I ran out of those I started using these adorable, tiny containers from the dollar store; which are especially the perfect size for my lesser used colors!
BUT WAIT, that’s still not all…
If you’ve miraculously made it this far and think you might be interested in more behind the scenes content, be sure to bookmark/favorite this blog…I guess? (because I don’t do the whole email harassment newsletter thing!)
I’m excited to begin publishing more content here on a regular, consistent basis. So, with that being said: What type of content would you most love to see featured on my blog? Leave a comment below and let me know!
Also, connect with me on Instagram @PARADISIACDYES for even more #DESIGNSTIEDYEFOR on the daily and so much more - including Mindscape Mondays & Caturday Saturdays!
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Welcome — You’ve now arrived at the digital destination of your dreams! @PARADISIACDYES; the online, genuinely one of a kind oasis of tie dye design, is a Michigan based shop that originally began five years ago on Etsy.
Functioning as a true one person operation still to this day — This really is as small as small business possibly gets!
Specializing in 100% hand-dyed, small batch tie dye fashion & fabrics with available ordering options spanning from custom commissions, classic tie dye t-shirt designs made to order in your selected size, as well as an ever-changing selection of finished, ready-to-ship tie dye clothing, bedding & beyond!
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All photographs, product descriptions, graphics, banners and logos are property of Paradisiac Psychedelic Handmade Goods ©, aka paradisiacdyes.com (Previously 'Detroit Tie Dye Company') and are not to be reused or distributed for any reason or purpose at any time. We are proud to feature 100% handmade products, all of which are crafted in our in-home studio. All content featured in our marketing material and on our website are always of our actual products only.
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